COVID-19 Types of Testing

Types of COVID-19 Tests

The sample may be taken using one of three methods – nasal, throat or nasopharyngeal swab. This testing can be temporarily uncomfortable for some individuals, but we will take all necessary steps to ensure comfort for those being tested.

  • Nasal  Swab – A healthcare professional inserts a thin, flexible stick with cotton at the tip into your nose to collect a sample of mucus. Swabbing may occur in both nostrils to collect enough mucus for the test. The swab remains in place briefly before being gently rotated as it’s pulled out. The sample gets sealed in a tube and sent to a lab for analysis.
  • Throat Swab – A healthcare professional brushes a thin, flexible stick with cotton at the tip along the back of your throat to collect a sample of mucus. The sample gets sealed in a tube and sent to a lab for analysis.
  • Nasopharyngeal Swab – A healthcare professional inserts a thin, flexible stick with cotton into the nostril. The swab should reach a depth equal to the distance from the nostrils to the outer opening of the ear. The swab will remain in place for several seconds to absorb secretions. Then the swab is slowly removed while rotated. The sample gets sealed in a tube and sent to a lab for analysis.

To view the latest COVID-19 Test Results, visit our testing results page.

COVID-19 Test Results